Soldiers Killed in Afghan Bomb Blast
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - At least four Afghan soldiers were killed, and about a dozen people, including six civilians, wounded after a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital, officials said.
The blast on Tuesday, caused by a remote-controlled bomb, targeted an Afghan army bus at around 06.45am (0215 GMT) in the western part of Kabul, the defence ministry said.
"In a remote-controlled bomb attack against an army bus at 6:45 am in Aqa Ali Shams in Kabul, four army personnel were killed and 12 wounded, including six civilians," the ministry said in a statement.
The Taliban, who have this year stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces, claimed responsibility via their official Twitter account.
Afghan casualties have rocketed over the past two years as NATO has handed over most combat duties to the nation's police and army.
It is the latest in a series of attacks on local security forces as foreign combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, Al Jazeera reported.
A residual force of 9,800 US troops will remain, however, under a US-Afghan security agreement signed last month.
The Taliban killed six Afghan police last Tuesday in the Logar province south of Kabul, a day after fighters ambushed a convoy in the north and killed 22 policemen.